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Wendy Sharp and friends play chamber music by Brahms, Bartók, and more Jan. 26

sharpThe Yale School of Music presents the violinist Wendy Sharp and friends in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Sunday, January 26. Sharp will perform with fellow faculty member Melvin Chen, piano, and with guest artists Marka Gustavsson, viola, and Mimi Hwang, cello. The program includes music by Brahms, Bartók, and more.

The performance will begin with works by two Hungarian composers, Leó Weiner and Béla Bartók. Sharp, Gustavsson, and Hwang will open the  concert with Weiner’s String Trio in G minor, Op. 6. Weiner, a leading Hungarian music educator of the early twentieth century, was influenced by early Romantic composers from Beethoven to Mendelssohn. Like his contemporary Bartók, Weiner incorporated elements of folk music into his compositions. MORE

Published January 17, 2014
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Arthur Haas and Webb Wiggins Keep It Original

Harmonia Early Music
Arthur Haas
By Janelle Davis

One of the most intriguing things about early keyboard instruments, and original period instruments in general, is their lack of standardization. Of course, every instrument—modern, folk, period, traditional—has its own personality. But instrument personality is especially apparent in the many makes and models of keyboard instruments of the bygone eras–each bearing characteristics further defined by national lines: German harpsichords were different than French harpsichords which were different still from Italian and English models. These keyboards also evolved incredibly fast resulting in instruments each with a unique “user interface”  and with distinctive subtleties of touch, action, timbre and sound.

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Published January 17, 2014
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